When I hear "world-class," I usually wince. The South has no world-class cities (possibly excepting Atlanta, though I'd say not), and I always think of Henery the Chicken Hawk trying to prove he can take down Foghorn Leghorn, who's five times his size. But for once, the adjective fits. Unfortunately, it applies to something 90 miles away.
Fleisher won't perform at USC. He'll give the Marian Stanley Tucker guest lecture June 19 and master classes during the week. But many young pianists will go to the keyboard.
Andrew Tyson won the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant; he'll play . Ingrid Jacoby, winner of the Steinway Hall Artists Prize and Baldwin National Piano Competition, solos on June 18. Alexander Korsantia won the gold medal in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and will Rach the house on June 19. And the cheapest tickets are -- wait for it -- five dollars. (Fleisher's master classes are free!)
The Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition offers 20 young pianists a chance to play on Friday the 20th, and the top-rated ones will give a concert on the 21st. I wish this event were closer to home, but I can't imagine a more soul-satisfying road trip nearby in the last week of spring.